• How Cannabis Soothes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Wellspring Fields
June 24, 2020

People who suffer from conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) look for many ways to soothe their symptoms. Coping with the mental and physical manifestations can lead some to deal with it by using substances.

Because the pain or mental anguish can be difficult to bear, they may look to alternative methods of soothing the symptoms and turning away from alcohol or other drugs. Cannabis use is increasing across the states for many conditions, including PTSD, as a positive alternative to pharmaceutical treatments. 

What Life with PTSD Looks Like

PTSD is a condition manifesting in anxiety, depression, poor concentration, lack of sleep, hyperarousal, and other symptoms. People with PTSD typically have it because they experienced trauma, neglect, abuse, or challenges they struggle to overcome.

Instead of using Adderall, opioids, or other medications, Ohio patients can turn to cannabis for relief. 

With PTSD, daily tasks are often hard to navigate, including work, school, and personal lives. Cannabis could help people with PTSD sleep and cope with anxiety attacks so they can get through the day.

Veterans who come back from serving our country to live as a civilian again are sometimes faced with the challenge of overcoming PTSD from their experiences abroad, and are often less able to concentrate, focus, and deal with daily life after experiencing shocking and traumatic events in the course of their service. Their higher propensity to experience combat trauma can put them in higher-risk categories for the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Pain-related disorders
  • PTSD
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty with antidepressants or anxiety medications, opioids, and other pain-relieving medicines
Treatments for PTSD

Even though nothing is one hundred percent effective all of the time, new discoveries and research demonstrate how cannabis can have a soothing effect on people’s PTSD symptoms. People with PTSD have been found to be missing an endogenous cannabinoid compound, according to a 2017 study in the journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.

According to these researchers, the cannabis plant could act as a replacement for this missing cannabinoid compound. 

Endocannabinoid deficiency means the body stops producing enough endocannabinoids to fill receptor sites. Cannabis could help fill in the gaps by replenishing missing endocannabinoids.

The same is true for other parts of the brain that experience deficiencies. They may not experience pain, fear, anxiety, and memory well as a result of PTSD symptoms.

Cannabis could help soothe these symptoms and bring the person more peace while alleviating some symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other conditions. 

Cannabis could help people with PTSD to minimize or prevent nightmares associated with the trauma, according to Dr George A Fraser in his 2009 paper. This hallmark of PTSD symptoms can derail a person’s mental health over time.

They can be triggered night or day, causing insomnia, anxiety, fear, panic, and other disorders to arise. This constant state of fight-flight-or-freeze in the mind and body can lead to chronic health conditions that need long-term support measures. 

Finding Support

The outstanding promise shown in the successful use of cannabis as a means of therapy and treatment for PTSD has led people from all walks of life to consider medical marijuana. 

Currently, the only FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of PTSD are the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), sertraline (Zoloft, Pfizer), and paroxetine HCl (Paxil, GlaxoSmithKline). Although SSRIs boast an overall response rate of 60% in patients with PTSD, only 20% to 30% of patients achieve complete remission.

This inconsistency of medication with SSRIs and SNRIs in patients with PTSD has led investigators to a search for alternative therapies, including cannabis.

Medical Cannabis could be a great way to help improve the quality of life for people who suffer from PTSD that have not found other sources of relief. 

Looking for Premium Quality Medical Cannabis?Visit one of our many medical marijuana dispensary partners here in Ohio for the best cannabis products in Ohio!

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